Crashed plane found in Fryingpan Valley |

Crashed plane found in Fryingpan Valley

BASALT ” Searchers found an airplane Wednesday that crashed in the upper Fryingpan Valley drainage, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

A single-engine Cessna 182 was spotted on a ridge just east of Josephine Lake in the Holy Cross Wilderness. The plane was spotted from the air shortly after noon. Aircraft from the Civil Air Patrol and National Guard had searched in vain throughout the morning.

“The National Guard deemed the crash unsurvivable,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office said.

The pilot was the sole occupant of the aircraft. The plane left Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Jefferson County at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. The last radar contact with the plane was at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Josephine Lake and Carter Lake, about 8 miles east-northeast of Thomasville and roughly 40 miles east of Basalt.

The pilot’s name hasn’t been released.

A helicopter will drop a two- or three-member team from West Eagle County Search and Rescue as close to the site as possible, according to Cleve Williams, a member of that team. The helicopter was scheduled to shuttle the crew at about 2:30 p.m.

This story will be updated as details become available.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User